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Cold 🀧


Saturday 1st to Thursday 6th June

A new month and straight into now having a horrible cold 🀧 When’s it going to end?

We were lucky enough to have some nice warm sunshine for our Thursday evening walk.

Have a look at the website for LIVErNORTH which is a national liver patient support group. It is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Earlier this year they celebrated their 25th birthday. During that time they have raised over £1 million, which has all been spent on patient support, £0 on wages 😱

Their newsletters are packed full of all kinds of information, even some fun jokes 🀣

It certainly looks like a very useful group to have around πŸ™‚

And just because I thought these were really cool!!

‘creative cutlery displays for a special event’ 🍴πŸ₯„

Free beer 🍺


Saturday 25th to Friday 31st May

Unwell again throughout all of this time πŸ˜–

I don’t seem to be doing very well on the illness front at the minute. I’m making myself go to work (I did have to give in and leave early one day) but I’m just not well enough to be able to do much else by the time I get home.

It is doing my head in now.

On Bank Holiday Monday it was 5 years since my lovely mum died. The day we call ‘Nanny’s Day’ and we always spend the day together and do something that she used to like to do. So off we went to Thirsty Meeples in Oxford, a board game cafe. We played Monopoly. We had a nice time but I really didn’t feel too good at all throughout the day, just spoils everything ☹️

Over the weekend there was also a little trip to the pub (but nothing alcoholic for me πŸ‘)

The nice barman made my tonic water look all pretty for me! It tasted extra nice too with all that lovely fresh fruit in it.

Talking of pubs, when you go in your local this July maybe you could save someone’s life when you order your drink!

Annoyingly the date has passed for this one now, but also a London brewery was giving away free beer for donating blood πŸΊπŸ’‰

Two great ideas πŸ‘Œ



Tuesday 14th to Friday 24th May

Tiredness can be relieved by sleep and rest.

Fatigue is when the tiredness is overwhelming and isn’t relieved by sleep and rest.

I have them both!

Work is tough at the minute. But I did get a surprise present from one of my customers at work which cheered me up one day and then I served Kermit the Frog 🐸 (the local 6th formers were leaving school so were all dressed up)!

Despite all the tiredness whenever the sun appears I get myself outside, either gardening or walking, and always seem to end up taking some pics πŸ“Έ

Have a little look at these amazing tattoos which have been worked around scars and birth marks.

Do you remember back in March I first told you about Ecobricks and how the shop where I work is aiming to collect about a thousand of them so that they can be used to build a garden bench and a turkey shed at a local children’s attraction.

Well I’ve finished mine!

You would be quite amazed at just how much plastic goes into these bottles to make them solid and therefore a good Ecobrick!

I hope to be able to post a picture of the bench and turkey shed when they have been built …



Monday 13th May

So off we go to the Park & Ride to get a bus to the John Radcliffe Hospital for Robyn’s brain scan (I think they were just checking if she has one in there!)

Not a good start. The traffic in the city was very bad apparently so two of the buses just didn’t turn up! Thankfully we had left ourselves enough time and it was a nice evening so we just sat in the sun until one decided to arrive 🚌

At the hospital we got in the lift to take us down to the very bottom floor and started to walk through the corridors. We passed a few porters pushing cage trolleys and I weirdly started to not like the look of things 😏 We found the waiting room. The man in there was sat behind a closed in desk all made of wood. He was talking to us about the earring that Robyn needed to take out of her ear for the scan but she couldn’t get it out, it was stuck! I felt very strange. I didn’t like being there one bit. We didn’t have to wait too long before Robyn was called in. I sat there for about a minute but then I couldn’t bear it any longer, I felt very upset and just needed to get out. Thankfully I found a little side door which led me outside somewhere, where I sat on the kerb and cried!

I don’t know what on earth was happening but it seemed to me that I was somehow being taken back to some of my hallucinations which I had after my transplants, which I was told afterwards was as a result of all the drugs and toxins in my body.

Maybe I was having one of these – a flashback or involuntary recurrent memory, is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience. These experiences can be happy, sad, exciting, or any other emotion one can consider. The term is used particularly when the memory is recalled involuntarily, and/or when it is so intense that the person “relives” the experience, unable to fully recognize it as memory and not something that is happening in “real time”

As you are reading this you are probably thinking what on earth is she on about, just pull yourself together and stop being silly, but it was all kind of out of my control.

I have made many hospital visits since having my transplants, for various clinic appointments and when I go up to the ward to volunteer and I have never had that feeling before. I didn’t like it one bit and I hope it doesn’t happen to me again.

While I was sat trying to calm myself down outside I was watching the ants at my feet. I then took this video!

At the time it just fascinated me! And by the way did you know, an ant can lift 20 times its own body weight 🐜🐜🐜

Robyn finished and I was still upset and shaky as we then had to make our way back through the same corridors. We finally made it back to the bus. I was glad to get home.

Sorry Robyn, I was no help to you whatsoever ☹️

Birthday treat


Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th May

Happy Birthday to my baby girl Leah 🎁

An excuse to spend a day at the spa!

A Body Balance class (a mix of yoga, Pilates and Tai chi), a fun Aqua Zumba class, lunch, relaxation time and then a facial and a massage.

We all had a great day πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸ’†β€β™€οΈ

Look at these tiny little crochet animals. How fiddly must they be to make? Aren’t they so very cute!



Wednesday 24th April to Tuesday 7th May

Oh hello horrible virus. I haven’t seen you for a while. And this time you seem to have decided to come back with a vengeance, making me feel poorly for a few days.

So what else have I been doing despite feeling under the weather?

As well as working and attempting to do all the usual day to day stuff …

I’ve been sorting out some more of my junk around the house and in the shed, and finally getting rid of some of it thanks to sites like Gumtree and Freecycle! And then a trip to the local tip to get rid of the rubbish. It feels good to clear some of the clutter πŸ™ƒ

I could have sold my beloved Buzz as well while I was at the tip! A man there was admiring and asking me questions about my mini and actually gave me an offer for it. I of course refused.

Even if he is only little he’s way too useful πŸ€—

I’ve done a little bit of pottering about in the garden.

And most importantly, I’ve been watching lots of football matches on the TV πŸ˜ƒ

Happy Easter


Friday 19th to Tuesday 23rd April

What good timing the weather had for once for the Easter weekend. Very warm and sunny β˜€οΈ So after finishing work on Good Friday I just spent as much time outside as I could!

Which included the first barbecue of the year. And sitting outside a local pub on one of the warm sunny evenings watching the world go by!

Happy Easter!

Gardening time


Saturday 13th to Thursday 18th April

When you’re feeling fed up and it’s warm and sunny outside it’s a good idea to spend some time in the garden.

I’m repotting some of my succulent plants at the moment as some of them have grown too big for last year’s pots. I have read that succulents ‘don’t mind a little neglect’. Maybe this is why they are so successful in my garden!

I love this next plant which I’ve seen on a succulent website 😍

Spiral Aloe. It sounds as if it might be a bit more difficult to grow but if I can find one I might have a go!

While we’re on the subject of gardening, I’ve always liked dandelion’s pretty yellow flowers. I’m not sure I want to start eating them though.

Look at this amazing pic!

‘This is a photograph of a space shuttle leaving earth, taken from the International Space Station.’

Baby lambs


Monday 8th to Friday 12th April

A trip to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for my usual check up clinic appointment, which now always terrifies me πŸ˜–

And this time I have to go back in two months instead of my usual three as one of my blood results has been higher than it should be for a while now.

A great walk in the countryside on a warm sunny afternoon, 5.79 miles, which I always find very enjoyable πŸ˜€

But my poor old body did suffer when I got back.

And, anything that promotes organ donation is good news, even something simple like a postage stamp.